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Vol 52 No 9

Published 29th April 2011


Sinking the pirates

Signs that piracy is getting worse are numerous and stark. They include higher ransoms, longer detentions of vessels and crews, and the use of more and often larger mother ships, leading to seizures over a vastly greater area. Violence is now more frequent and more ruthless.New approaches are therefore being sought, at a time when military budgets are heavily stretched. Some United Nations officials have called for a new comprehensive study to develop a more coherent approach based on shared intelligence. Many shipping industry, naval and other governmental officials internationally have stressed that a multi-pronged approach is needed.

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